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(a.) Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; - said of manners, conduct, or feelings; as, delicate behavior; delicate attentions; delicate thoughtfulness.


(n.) A choice dainty; a delicacy.


(a.) Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes; as, a delicate thermometer.


(a.) Nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite; as, a delicate taste; a delicate ear for music.


(a.) Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious.


(a.) Requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily dealt with; nice; critical; as, a delicate subject or question.


(a.) Tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail; effeminate; - said of constitution, health, etc.; as, a delicate child; delicate health.


(n.) A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person.


(a.) Light, or softly tinted; - said of a color; as, a delicate blue.


(a.) Soft and fair; - said of the skin or a surface; as, a delicate cheek; a delicate complexion.


(a.) Slight or smooth; light and yielding; - said of texture; as, delicate lace or silk.


(a.) Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful; as, "a delicate creature."


(a.) Pleasing to the senses; refinedly agreeable; hence, adapted to please a nice or cultivated taste; nice; fine; elegant; as, a delicate dish; delicate flavor.


(a.) Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.


(a.) Fine or slender; minute; not coarse; - said of a thread, or the like; as, delicate cotton.

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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Delicate'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. 1828.

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